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How to Prove Nursing Home Negligence in Macon

Published in negligence,nursing home abuse on November 17, 2019.

The elderly comprise one of the most vulnerable groups of people. When your older loved one is no longer able to care for themselves, you might end up moving them into a nursing home. Unfortunately, older adults are not always cared for in the way they should be, and many are victims of neglect. If you are in the Macon, Georgia area and believe a loved one has fallen victim to nursing home negligence, it’s important to know how to prove it.

How to Prove Negligence in a Nursing Home

As with any type of lawsuit that is seeking damages, you must provide evidence in a nursing home negligence case. There has to be existent evidence that the person residing in the nursing home has suffered some type of harm. Neglect is a form of abuse that can result in injuries that may require treatment, such as bedsores. At the same time, it varies from abuse as the act essentially implies that the caregiver in the nursing home deliberately harms the person. Neglect, on the other hand, is a breach of a reasonable duty of care that results in harm to an individual.

There are several ways to prove nursing home negligence. If you visit your loved one in the home often enough, you can document everything you see that appears awry. You can do this in the following ways:

  • Write down all the details of what you see and have your other family members keep a journal as well. You can also have the older person residing in the nursing home keep a journal or diary to do the same.
  • Take pictures of the person’s bruises, bedsores or any other evidence of injuries.
  • Take notes of your conversations with the nursing home staff. You can even record your conversations with your smartphone.
  • Take pictures of the medications prescribed or given to your loved one.
  • Take notes of the physical appearance of your loved one. You should also note any emotional conditions or changes in the person’s demeanor or state of mind.

All of these things can serve as proof that a nursing home has been neglecting your older loved one.

Types of Nursing Home Neglect

There are a variety of ways in which nursing home negligence can occur. In general, there are four main types of neglect that can take place in a nursing home setting. They include the following:

  • Medical neglect: This is the most common form of nursing home neglect. A victim can display problems like bedsores, infections and lacerations. They can also have problems with existing medical conditions such as diabetes. Victims also have more likelihood of suffering injuries from falls when they are neglected in a nursing home.
  • Neglect of basic needs: Another type of neglect that can occur in a nursing home is the failure to provide basic needs to a patient, such as insufficient food and water or an unsafe or unclean environment.
  • Neglect of personal hygiene: If a person in a nursing home is frequently unbathed, consistently has dirty laundry or does not receive assistance with brushing their teeth, it’s a sign of neglect as well.
  • Social or emotional neglect: When a staff member at the nursing home consistently ignores the patient and doesn’t attend to them, it’s a sign of social or emotional neglect.

David Ricks is an experienced attorney who can fight for the rights of your elderly loved one. If you think you have a legitimate claim for nursing home negligence, contact David Ricks immediately. He will give you a free case evaluation then advise on the best course of action to take.

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